San Diego's Mediterranean hideaway
249 Rooms / 31 Suites
This palatial Mediterranean-style resort offers something for everyone. Tucked on a hillside just outside downtown San Diego, Fairmont Grand Del Mar has a mind-boggling array of amenities, including world-class golf at the Tom Fazio-designed course and a spa. Foodies can indulge in everything from afternoon tea to gourmet dining at six different venues, and there are four beautiful pools to lounge by, complete with underwater speakers and luxurious cabanas. Even kids can relax in style; the Explorer's Club keeps them busy with crafts and educational activities. The classically decorated rooms (dark wood furnishing, crown moldings) have European-style soaking tubs, feather beds and oversized flat-screen televisions.
The Addison Mizner-inspired resort reflects the opulent Mediterranean style of 1920s groundbreaking architecture. The San Diego hotel’s design firm utilized seamless indoor and outdoor space when it drew up the property, so you can glide from one spot to another without noticing whether you’re inside or out. The touches of Morocco, Tuscany and Spain meld together to create a posh yet unstuffy ambiance that made us feel worlds away from San Diego. You’ll immediately fall in love with the international vacation feel created by the wood beams, gold leaf staircases, courtly terraces and lush lawns.
The rooms at Fairmont Grand Del Mar are luxurious and spacious, while still being homey and comfortable. The standard rooms at the San Diego hotel are 550 square feet and have a traditional style. After entering a long hallway, you’ll notice opulent yellow-gold striped wallpaper, crown molding, and a cherry wood poster bed and dresser. Then your eyes will wander to a tufted chocolate leather chair and cream love seat. Depending on whether you’re in a Fairway or Terrace room, your view will be of the Grand Golf Club or the adults-only Relaxation Pool. The European-style touches like the marble in the bathroom, giant soaking tub and striped bench at the end of the bed make us feel like we were in an upscale French hotel in the chicest arrondissement.
Standard rooms also have heavenly pillow-top beds with 100 percent goose-down pillows and Pratesi Italian cotton linens; 40-inch, flat-screen LCD televisions with HDTV; complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet; and mini-bars with wet bar areas. After a long day of exploring the luxury hotel’s golf course and horseback trails, relax in front of the cozy fireplace.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort is located in the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, a secluded spot in the tiny community of Del Mar, just north of San Diego. Surrounded by acres of undulating verdant golf fairways, the hotel feels like it's continents away from its convenient location, which is just 25 minutes from the San Diego International Airport and minutes from the coastal communities of La Jolla and Del Mar. The coastline is a five-mile drive. The Del Mar Racetrack is less than files miles from the resort if you want to head to the races. Also nearby are San Diego’s many attractions, including SeaWorld, Balboa Park and its museums, Torrey Pines State Park, the world-famous San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Seaport Village, the Birch Aquarium and the wineries of Temecula. World-class shopping can be found at San Diego’s Fashion Valley Mall and Horton Plaza, and in the upscale boutiques of La Jolla and Del Mar.